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Hypericum hypericoides - (L.)Crantz.

Common Name St. Andrews Cross
Family Hypericaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards Contact with the sap can cause photosensitivity in sensitive people[222].
Habitats Dry sandy soils[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Massachusetts to Florida, west to Texas and Illinois.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Hypericum hypericoides St. Andrews Cross


Ted Bodner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Miller, J.H. and K.V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press, Athens.
Hypericum hypericoides St. Andrews Cross
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hypericum hypericoides is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Ascyrum hypericoides.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Antidote  Kidney  Lithontripic

Lithontripic[61]. The root was chewed as an antidote to rattlesnake bites[207, 222]. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of colic, fevers, pain, diarrhoea etc[222]. It is applied externally to ulcerated breasts[222]. A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of kidney and bladder ailments, skin problems and children's diarrhoea[61, 222]. A milky substance obtained from the plant has been rubbed on sores[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Easily grown in any reasonably good well-drained but moisture retentive soil[1]. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade but flowers better in a sunny position[1]. Prefers a light loamy soil[11]. One report says that the plant requires frame protection in the winter[1] whilst another says that plants are hardy but short-lived at Kew[11]. It possibly suffers more from wet soils than from the cold, see the plant's native habitat above. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10 - 12 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Plant out in the following spring[200]. Cuttings of mature wood, 12 - 17cm with a heel, October/November in a sheltered position outdoors. Plants root by the spring. Good percentage[78]. Division in spring as new growth commences[78]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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arifullah khan   Fri Jul 22 06:04:46 2005

whethre the references given the end are about Hypericum oblongifolium and can u tell me tell me the page no. of the books given at the end as well as the confirm synonoyms of hypericum oblongifoluium. whether hypericum hyercoides is hypericum oblongifoluium.

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